Films for 1 to 8 Projectors
February 6, 2018 · Knoxville Museum of Art · 7:00 p.m.
Roger Beebe’s performance at the KMA was one of the highlights of the 2017 Big Ears film program. We’re excited to welcome Roger back to Knoxville as part of his 3-month, 3000-mile roadshow of multiple-projector performances, including premieres of three new films. These works take on a range of strategies from formalist investigations of the materials of film to essayistic explorations of popular culture and a range of topics from the forbidden pleasures of men crying (Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes)) to Las Vegas suicides (Money Changes Everything) and the real spaces of the virtual economy (Amazonia). The exact program will be announced at a later date.
“[Beebe’s films] implicitly and explicitly evoke the work of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander, all photographers of the atomic age whose Western photographs captured the banalities, cruelties and beauties of imperial America.”–David Fellerath, The Independent Weekly
“Beebe’s films are both erudite and punk, lo-fi yet high-brow shorts that wrestle with a disfigured, contemporary American landscape.”–Wyatt Williams, Creative Loafing (Atlanta)
“Beebe’s work is goofy, startling, and important.” –Daniel Kraus, Wilmington Encore
About the Filmmakers
Roger Beebe’s work since 2006 consists primarily of multiple projector performances that explore the world of found images and the “found” landscapes of late capitalism. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art with solo shows at Anthology Film Archives, The Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and Los Angeles Filmforum among many other venues. Beebe is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small-gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and was the founder and Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival from 2004-2014. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Art at the Ohio State University.